Playing At Their Best, What Treatment Programs Should Remember
It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them. -- Leo Buscaglia
Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold. -- Joseph Chilton Pearce
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. -- Plato
Playing Has Many Benefits
I've noticed several benefits to playing games with clients, among these are the following:
Playing games opens up opportunities for your clients to see you as a person.
They can feel a sense of camaraderie with each other and with you the practitioner.
Good old fashioned exercise is acomplished.
Endorphins are released naturally and everyone feels better.
You have opportunities to make observations that may not be available otherwise
The therapeutic alliance becomes more easily arrived to.
They simply have a chance to enjoy time with you, and each other in healthy ways.
I have seen staff, including myself, play games with clients numerous times. Only rarely has there ever been a down side to doing so. It has almost been universally the case that the preceding list of benefits has been experienced each and every time.